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Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin: 171 reviews and 291 photos

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by Kakapo2

At this former checkpoint ? which was one of three controlled by the Americans ? you cannot avoid the impression you are in a big city LOL It is flooded with tourists, tour buses spitting out visitors, like at Brandenburger Tor and Reichstag.

They are all heading towards a tiny replica booth in the middle of the street. Above this you see the oversized portraits of an American and a Russian soldier, and on the footpath the famous sign saying in four languages: ?You are entering the American sector.? And leaving.

There are man-high neatly stacked piles of sandbags in front of the booth, and two guys dressed as an American and a Russian soldier with the flags of their countries stand in front of those sandbags. Of course, everybody wants to take a photo of them ? but they charge you. So just take the photos from the footpath while they are busy posing with other tourists.

The name of the checkpoint was nothing nice but just the alphabetical numeration. The three checkpoints controlled by the Americans had the names Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. Only foreigners and officials of the East and West German consulates were allowed to pass here. We, the idiots, had to use Bahnhof Friedrichstraße.

The amazing thing is that they do not keep this neuralgic spot traffic-free. On the opposite. Tourists crossing Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße are walking around public buses, tourist buses, cars, trucks, and bicycles ? and just trying to survive this most dangerous part of their Berlin tour.

If you succeed to cross Friedrichstraße without being hit by a car you find the Wall Museum (Mauermuseum) just some metres from the checkpoint booth. It is a good documentation centre, telling the stories of the people who tried to flee over the Wall and succeeded or got killed by GDR soldiers. They also exhibit objects the people used to flee to the West.

Open daily 9am ? 10pm
Entry fee 9.50 Euro, guided tours possible

The Wall in this area was located right on Zimmerstraße, and you could not see the footpath on the other side.

Address: Mauermuseum, Friedrichstr. 43-45, 10117 B-Mitte
Directions: Corner Friedrichstraße/Kochstraße

U-Bahn: U2 and U6, stations Kochstraße, Stadtmitte/Leipziger Straße, Stadtmitte, and Mohrenstraße

Phone: (030) 253 7250
Website: http://www.mauermuseum.de

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2008
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